Biomedia: GVA @ Beal Institute’s Weekly Show+Tell, March 29, 2007

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With the encouragement of Alexander Manu, Director of the Beal Institute for Strategic Creativity, I am scheduled to present highlights from my ongoing graduate work toward a Master of Science degree in Integrated Digital Media. Beginning at 3:30 pm I'll present for an hour, at the Beal, 100 McCaul Street, 6th floor, Toronto. I'll start with work from last semester (History of Media + Philosophy and Media). Later on, in another session, I will cover the current semester (Media Law e.g. copyright, trademarks, free speech, libel etc and a Media Studies course on the Situationists, Guy Debord, détournement, post-situationist mashup culture etc). So tomorrow,

  • I'll show a short film entitled "Biomedia: A Work in Progress" that uses quotations from the 1st century AD Roman philosopher Lucretius and images of several thousand ant species from the Creative Commons site
    Antweb.org
  • I'll outline my history paper, to be delivered at the Mexico City Media Ecology Association convention this June: "Biomedia: Past, Present, Future"

Abstract: This paper traces a historical thread from the biomechanical insights of early cybernetics and Norbert Weiner's visionary "communication machines," through Marshall McLuhan's little recognized but highly poetic and influential use of cybernetics, to the dawning opportunities for biomimetics in communications media presented by our burgeoning, massively interconnected socio-technical networks. The paper seeks to articulate the case that media theorists and practitioners should recognize “biomimetics” as a twin or mirror of “cybernetics” -- hence as a discourse integral to the intellectual heritage of their discipline. It interrogates and broadens the increasingly popular term "biomimicry" to acknowledge historical precedents and parallels including “bionics” and “biomimetics.” Finally, it seeks to reveal an emerging need and opportunity for a new biology of media -- or “biomedia” -- as a legitimate and promising realm for future communications research and practice that is fundamentally sympathetic with the most advanced contemporary thinking in ecological and social sustainability.

Keywords:Biomimetics, bionics, communications, cybernetics, media, sustainability